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Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

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Blame My Spam-Riddled Inbox If I’ve Been Ignoring You

Papers stacked in a home office inbox -- like a spam-riddled email in-blox. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A few dozen items in my paper inbox, tens of thousands in my spam-riddled email inbox. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s been kinda lonesome here lately at BarbaraFalconerNewhall.com. The Contact button has been right there at the top of my Home Page ready to accept messages from one and all. But nobody’s been clicking.

Or so I thought. [Read more…]


A Midwestern Flower Garden — Beautifully Dead In the Dead of Winter

rudbeckia, echinacea and liatris grow along garden walk between a shingled house and a woods near minneapolis. Photo by Barbara Newhall

In summer: Yellow and pink rudbeckia, purple spiked liatris, echinacea.

A Midwestern flower garden under six inches of snow in February with dead flower stalks and leaves. Photo by Barbara Newhall

In winter: Faded remnants of last summer’s glory. Photos by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

We were invited for lunch, and yes the lunch was lovely, and so was the company. But I couldn’t wait to grab my trusty point-and-shoot and head outdoors to see how my favorite flower garden was faring under a half foot of snow and temperatures below [Read more…]


Leap Year 1976 — The Day I Popped the Question

march 6, 1977 jon and barbara newahall greet guests at University Club, San Francisco, a their wedding reception. Photo Peter Luers Studio.

He said yes. And so did she. Photo Peter Luers Studio

2016 is a Leap Year, and February 29, Leap Day, is coming up on Monday. That means Jon and I will be celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the day I proposed marriage. (Or the tenth anniversary, depending on how you calculate it.) Here’s how it happened:

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, May 31, 1987

Things were getting serious. My boyfriend had moved his goldfish into my apartment.

I returned from a long weekend with my parents to find that Jon had moved his [Read more…]


Revisiting My First Blog Post Ever — How the Selective Service Made a Man of My Son

Cover of 1998 US Selective Service draft registration pamphlet.

The Selective Service notice — I left it at the post office.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Note to readers. Seven years ago this month, in 2009, I posted my first blog post, and BarbaraFalconerNewhall.com was born. I hope you have enjoyed visiting this website as much as I have enjoyed sharing my adventures and posting my photos. Here’s that first post: 

A colorful pamphlet, was standing at crisp attention in its rack in the post office lobby. “MEN 18-25 YEARS,” it read. “You can handle this. REGISTER. It’s quick. It’s [Read more…]


Kindergarten Looms for a 5-Year-Old and His Mom

A five year old boy lines up against a wall to be measured. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Peter at 5. Will he measure up? Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, February 16, 1986

I slipped a sheet of paper across the breakfast table toward Peter, then rolled a couple of marking pens his way.

“Hey, Peter,” I said, trying to be nonchalant. “Want to draw a picture of He-Man?”

Peter smelled a rat. He is barely 5 years old, but he can [Read more…]